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Brittany Kester (she/her) is an Education Librarian at the University of Florida. She is pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida and holds a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She has 8 years of library experience and has taught university courses in children's literature, ...continue reading "The DBF Travels to the American Association of School Librarians Conference!!"
An infographic titled "How the System Works Braille." It features a generator cell explaining the dot positions and a visual of the braille alphabet. There is a woman reading a braille book drinking coffee to the side of the alphabet.

Gabrielle Popp (she/her) is a teacher of the blind and visually impaired at Lincoln Park Public Schools. This is her 16th year teaching. Gabrielle holds a masters and educational specialist degree in special education leadership. She is passionate about bringing equity and access to blind and visually impaired students. A few years ago, I was ...continue reading "Opening New Worlds: Enhancing Accessibility in Picture Books for Blind and Visually Impaired Children"
National Coding Week

Brittany Kester (she/her) is an Education Librarian at the University of Florida. She is pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida and holds a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. She has 8 years of library experience and has taught university courses in children's literature, ...continue reading "It’s Coding Week! Explore Coding with Diverse Characters!"
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Dr. Krista Aronson is a co-founder and the Director of the Diverse BookFinder. She is a professor of psychology and Associate Dean of Faculty at Bates College in Maine. I am a citizen of the African diaspora. My Black ancestors came to the United States involuntarily as enslaved people several generations ago. Their unrecorded history ...continue reading "Celebrating the Black Diaspora in Children’s Books"

Mike Yam is a sportscaster and studio host for NFL Network and SiriusXM radio. He has worked at ESPN, NBA TV and Pac-12 Network. Fried Rice and Marinara marks his debut in children’s literature. Growing up with a Chinese immigrant father from Hong Kong and an Italian mother, Yam has always been fascinated by diverse ...continue reading "At times in my childhood, I thought I had to “pick a side”… – An Author Interview with Mike Yam"

With fall just around the corner, the Diverse BookFinder will soon feature middle grade and young adult books, fiction and nonfiction. We know nonfiction can be intimidating for some readers, and it’s been a while since our last dedicated blog post, so to celebrate our upcoming expansion, we’ve invited one of our team members to ...continue reading "No-Fear Nonfiction: How to Get into Nonfiction at Any Age "

Lisely Laboy (she/ella) is the project manager at Diverse BookFinder. Lisely holds a master's degree in Information and Library Sciences from Florida State University and undergraduate degrees from the University of Florida in Sociology and Women’s Studies. She has 10 years of public library experience, including time as a programming librarian for children and teens. ...continue reading "Back To School With Diverse Picture Books"

Kheris Rogers is a model, dancer, singer, actress, and the world’s youngest designer to ever showcase her clothing line at New York Fashion Week. Kheris started the now-famed Flexin’ In My Complexion brand after years of being bullied in school because of her dark skin. Kheris was on Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 list and is ...continue reading "“I aim to empower young children to embrace their uniqueness and cultivate self-worth…” – An Author Interview with Kheris Rogers"

Annie Vardanyan (she/her) is an artist and graphic designer based in Gainesville, Florida. Currently, she is a fourth-year student working towards her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at the University of Florida. Although Annie specializes in graphic design, she has a wide range of artistic experience and proficiency in the fine arts and ...continue reading "Reimagining the Diverse BookFinder Brand"

Can you believe it's already July? Neither can we! Back in January we introduced you to some big changes that 2023 would bring to the Diverse BookFinder and what that might mean for our audience. We've been super busy behind the scenes and we think it's time for a fun update about everything we've been ...continue reading "DBF Hibernation Updates – We’re Halfway There!"
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